Summer is here, and so is the sun. Theoretically at least. If we ignore the fact that it has been snowing up in Scotland in what is meant to be the beginning of the summer months, then we can almost trick ourselves into forgetting that winter ever happened.
Accompanying this glut of sunshine and rainbows is the undeniable urge to head out into that fabulous weather, and do something with your time.
To help you along with that mission, I have put together a list of the coolest experiences, shows and fun things that are going down in the Midlands this month. So, drag yourself away from our nation’s capital, and concentrate instead on the wonders to be found in this central section of the country.
The hottest ticket in the Midlands for adrenaline junkies is almost always Alton Towers, and this hasn’t changed today. Indeed, the exciting theme park has just released a brand new ride, the likes of which have never been seen before. In their own words, TH13RTEEN is “every ride you have ever dreamed of in one”, and bound to scare you silly! If you want to test this out, Alton Towers are also having a 30th Birthday party on the 23rd May, with a “fantabulous” 80s night. Great fun!
Perhaps you enjoy thrills, but aren’t really bothered about zooming around upside down. Consequently, maybe you want to enjoy the sun whilst seated in the comfort of you very own sports car. OK, not your very own – but one that you have rented to race around a track. The Midlands is full of these driving experiences, and they are the perfect thing to do on a hot day.
With the release of Street Dance 3D and the victory of Diversity in last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, it is no surprise that dancing and moving to the beat has become a much more popular pastime. Being typically British, the Midlands has waited until there is the prospect of sun before heading outdoors to give it a shimmy, just in case it rains and we end up wet and dripping. If Street Dance is your thing, then this August sees a cool “Let Me Dance” street dance course for youngsters in Birmingham, which looks like it will be a lot of fun.
In a similarly outdoorsy vein, the Midlands is aware that you don’t have to dance and run around to enjoy the sun. If you are more of a sedate gardening type then the BBC Gardener’s World show is coming to the Birmingham NEC, bringing with it a host of green fingers celebrities and expert knowledge. Pack up your trowel, and head over to the show, which starts on the 16th June.
Finally, for many people the next few months mean music and festivals above all else. Whilst thousands of screaming fans slither their way through the mud at Glastonbury, seasoned festival goers know that other destinations have better things to offer. The headline acts might not be as big, but the Off The Tracks festival in Donington offers an idyllic destination for lovers of real music and real ale. If this sounds more your cup of tea than wild drug fuelled raving, then head that way this September.
Remember – enjoy the Good Stuff (and the good weather) while you can!